Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Harrison Barnes recorded his first career
double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds, sparking the Golden State
Warriors to a 92-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Oracle Arena.
David Lee scored 18 points with 10 boards and five assists for the Warriors,
who overcame 23 turnovers by outscoring the Hawks, 46-20, in the paint.
Stephen Curry totaled 12 points and seven assists to help Golden State snap a
Lou Williams scored nine of his 18 points in the final 1:13, but it wasn't
enough as Atlanta lost for the third time in four games. Josh Smith posted 16
points and 10 boards, while Ivan Johnson added 15 points in the loss.
Atlanta, without the services of Al Horford (stomach illness), was beaten on
the glass, 44-29.
There were five lead changes in the first quarter and none after -- despite
Williams' best efforts in the final minute.
Klay Thompson's strong take on the left side yielded an 86-77 lead for the
hosts with under two minutes to play, but Smith threw down a dunk and Williams
drained a 3-pointer to make it a four-point game.
At the other end, Curry lost the ball off his foot before recovering and
executing a perfect give-and-go with Lee with 55.5 seconds to go. Williams hit
another triple to pull within 88-85, and Barnes was fouled after grabbing a
rebound off a Curry miss.
The rookie hit both at the foul line before Williams again was true from long
range. Still, the Warriors prevailed thanks to Jarrett Jack's two clinching
free throws with 10.7 seconds on the clock.
The Warriors scored five of the final six points in the opening frame for a
22-21 edge, then netted 32 points in the second quarter to go into the break
with a 54-46 cushion.
Kyle Korver netted all 14 of his points in the first half and like the rest of
the Hawks was limited in the third quarter. Atlanta made just one field goal
in the final 4:50, and Richard Jefferson banked in a runner in the closing
seconds to give Golden State a 71-60 advantage.
An 11-2 run fueled by six straight points by Johnson got the Hawks back in it.
A Johnson slam had the deficit at 81-77 with under five minutes remaining, but
Atlanta missed its next five shots and two free throws.
Don Nelson, who coached the Warriors from 1988-96 and 2006-10, was honored
before the game and at halftime for being inducted into the Naismith
Basketball Hall of Fame this past September ... Barnes totaled 17 rebounds in
his first seven games ... Jefferson and Carl Landry each netted 10 points in
the win ... Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia suffered a laceration over his right eye
in the first quarter and received five stitches before returning.
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